Robins: We’re just not fit for pur­pose

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Harry Wilmin

WITH just eight games re­main­ing and 17 points adrift of sur­vival, Coven­try’s hopes of es­cap­ing rel­e­ga­tion to the fourth tier drift fur­ther out of reach with ev­ery pass­ing week they miss out on cru­cial points.

And Sky Blues boss Mark Robins, who has lost all three of his games in charge since tak­ing over a lit­tle over a week ago, says he knows ex­actly what the prob­lem is – and it’s on the pitch.

Stu­art O’Keefe’s sec­ond goal of the sea­son shortly af­ter the break was all MK needed to se­cure a vi­tal three points for their own sur­vival hopes, as they opened up a six-point gap be­tween them­selves and the fi­nal rel­e­ga­tion spot.

“For me it’s not very difficult to put my fin­ger on it – we’re just not fit enough,” said Robins.

“We need to get some sort of iden­tify and a way of playing. We’ll con­tinue to work and I thought it was okay to­day. We are no way near fit enough and I know we’re not able to get around the pitch for 90 min­utes.

“At times that costs us but we are where we are and that’s very sad. There is some de­cent tal­ent here and we’ve done okay in patches of the game, but I know what the prob­lem is – it’s lack of fit­ness.”

MK were first to record a shot on goal as cen­tre-back Ge­orge Wil­liams burst for­ward from the half­way line be­fore fir­ing a low ef­fort that fizzed goal­wards.

The Dons made their slen­der su­pe­ri­or­ity pay early in the sec­ond half as Cardiff loa­nee O’Keefe broke the dead­lock with a su­perb half-vol­ley from the edge of the Sky Blues penalty area which sailed past keeper Burge and into the top left cor­ner.

Coven­try threat­ened to­wards the end of the game as Ruben Lameiras forced MK goal­keeper David Martin into a smart save, but Robins’ men couldn’t pre­vent a fourth de­feat in six games.

“At this stage of the sea­son the pres­sure is just to get three points and not to lose the game,” said Dons boss Rob­bie Neil­son.

“Coven­try are hav­ing difficult times on and off the pitch at the mo­ment and they made it re­ally difficult for us.

“We had a few chances in the first half and I thought we dom­i­nated the game, but we didn’t have any­thing clear-cut and that’s when the ten­sion started to build.

“Un­til you get that first or sec­ond goal you’re al­ways go­ing to be un­der a lit­tle bit of pres­sure be­cause you’re playing against a team who have got noth­ing to lose.”

STAR MAN STU­ART O’KEEFE MK Dons

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